Partner profile

Universities South West

Unit 1A Innovation Centre, Rennes Drive, Exeter, EX4 4RN
+44 (0) 1392 241301

About us

Founded in August 1999, as HERDA-SW, by the Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in South West England, Universities South West presently comprises 13 members.

Universities South West aims to:

  • champion the importance of higher education in the development of a leading-edge, highly-skilled and enterprising region;
  • advance the region's reputation as a generator of world class knowledge and high calibre graduates;
  • foster and encourage strategic level debate and a regional 'collective voice' for higher education that resonates regionally, nationally and internationally;
  • focus partnership working on activities that have a positive impact on the economic, cultural and personal lives of the wider South West community;
  • lead in setting the highest standards in sustainable development and corporate responsibility across the region;
  • add value to higher education by facilitating collaborative action and sharing good practice. This will be achieved by providing a regional forum for exploitation of the opportunities and strategic issues facing the sector.

We offer

Achieve more success for your business by teaming up with your local university. 

South West England has 13 universities that work in partnership via the Universities South West partnership to help you access highly skilled employees, expertise and commercial opportunities. These pages aim to facilitate collaborative working relationships between businesses and universities, providing a single gateway and an easy means of discovering the services, resources, initiatives and facilities on offer to assist your business. 

So please browse the site and if you are interested in finding out more about working with universities you can get in touch with us via the contact section to take the next step in creating valuable partnerships for mutual benefit.

We support

  • Avon
  • Business Support
  • Specialists, Experts, Research
  • People
  • New Business
  • Conference, Meeting Rooms
  • Technology
  • Networks
  • Skills
  • Investment
  • Cornwall
  • Somerset


As the higher education membership association for South West England, we represent a strong partnership of universities working together to influence and shape opportunity in a creative and dynamic region. 

As the 'collective voice' for higher education, Universities South West champions the importance of our universities in the successful development of the region. 

We have over ten years experience of promoting outstanding knowledge creation, scholarship and creativity, encouraging entrepreneurialism and seeking practical solutions in order to make a positive impact upon economic growth and social inclusion in our region.

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